The Provincial government is protecting and preserving the environment by investing in 85 projects across the province that help protect species at risk and their habitat.
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson welcomed the investments, noting that three of the 85 approved projects are being carried out locally through the Species at Risk Stewardship Program.
“It is vitally important that we continue to protect and preserve our local habitats and especially those at-risk species,” said Thompson. “Once they are lost, they are lost forever. I applaud those groups and volunteers who are dedicated to this work.”
More than $154,500 has been awarded in Huron-Bruce to the following projects:
- Huron Stewardship Council: $62,637 for its ongoing Conservation of Eastern Hognose Snake in Southwestern Ontario project in Goderich, and an additional $53,756 for its Turtle Recovery Actions project in Huron County
- Natural Resource Solutions Inc.: $38,120 to continue its collaborative activities in support of Mottled Duskywing & Other Butterfly SAR Recovery in Grand Bend.
Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks announced that the government is delivering more than $4 million in 2019-20 and up to $4.5 million in 2020-21 to support species at risk stewardship projects by non-profit organizations, Indigenous communities, and other stakeholder groups across Ontario
“Everyone has a role to play in protecting and recovering at-risk species and their habitat,” said Minister Yurek. “Our government is proud to support on-the-ground projects that promote strong environmental stewardship and help preserve Ontario’s rich biodiversity for future generations.”
Protecting species at risk and their habitat is part of the government’s Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan – a roadmap to preserving and protecting the province’s land, air and water.
Applications for funding under the 2020-21 Species at Risk Stewardship Program will be accepted until 3 p.m. on March 25, 2020. Visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/grants-protecting-species-risk for more information.